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  • I am currently working for a small business (~20 ppl), and we are attempting to do an Exchange migration in order to upgrade the server running Exchange.  Both of the servers will be running Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium.

    We have tried using NTBackup and NTRecover.  However, we cannot get the databases to mount.

    I have several questions regarding this migration.  When the database would not mount, there weren't any descriptive errors giving us an idea of why.  So, what problems are generally associated when trying to perform an NTRestore that would cause a database to fail to mount?  If this is not best practice, what is the best method of practice to migrate Exchange from an existing machine to an upgraded (hardware) machine running the same OS?  Also, we are trying to avoid using third party products (like Swing It!!).


    Any suggestions would be very helpful.  Thank you for your time.


    Thursday, January 18, 2007 4:49 PM


  • Keith, here's some info that I received from one of our team support engineers:

    Here is the summary of the best way to move exchange information from one server to another and removing the old exchange server and related articles..


    1. Install the exchange on a the new server and join it to the current exchange organaization


    2. Move mailboxes from old server to the new one using:



    3. Move all other exchange roles from old server to the new one and remove the old exchange server (if you want to remove the old exchange server!) using:



    If there is issue mounting the exchange databases you may want to very the followings:


     1. We have to make sure Microsoft Exchange System Attendant and Microsoft Exchange Information Store are running.


     2. The exchange databases should be in Clean shutdown state. We can verify this by the following article:



     3. The two organization name should be same


     4. Sometimes Antivirus software might cause issue in mounting databases


    Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

    -brenda (ISV Buddy Team)

    Tuesday, February 27, 2007 9:39 PM